Publications

CABBAGES & KINGS: Saturday Market, Beverley, by Barbara English, Ann Bennett and Susan Neave, was published in 2014 to mark 300 years since the completion of the Cross in Saturday Market in 1714.

 

Saturday Market, Beverley, came into existence around 1100, with the encouragement of the town’s landlord, the archbishop of York; and trading has continued there for over 900 years.

 

In 2014 Beverley people came together to organise a Georgian Festival to celebrate the 300th birthday of the Market Cross that stands fair and square in the market place. The year of the cross, 1714, was also the year George I came to the throne, and so the beginning of the Georgian era that was a golden and glorious time for Beverley.

 

This book was published as part of the Georgian Festival jointly by the Beverley Civic Society and the Georgian Society for East Yorkshire.  It concentrates on Saturday Market and the cross, especially in the 18th century, but also exploring both the earliest records of trading there, and the condition of the market and its buildings in 2014.  The Saturday Market, Beverley, is a place where cabbages are sold, and, less often, kings and queens walk.

 

92 pages, fully illustrated in colour.

 

Price £6 plus postage if necessary, from Barbara English (benglish@newbegin.karoo.co.uk) or the Civic Society’s secretary or treasurer (please see contacts list on this website).

 

BEVERLEY PASTURES by Barbara English was published by the Beverley Civic Society in 2013, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Society. The common pastures that lie east and west of Beverley, an ancient market town in East Yorkshire, have a long and interesting history. Westwood, Hurn, Figham, and Swine Moor, they came into the possession of the town in the early middle ages, and are today governed by a group of Pasture Masters, chosen by Pasture Freemen and Freewomen in an archaic election held in the town’s medieval Guildhall.

 

The pastures are a much loved part of Beverley, and provide green spaces for people to walk, run, fly kites, sledge, play golf and go racing’ and also to find a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles, and wild flowers. The survival of the pastures (among the greatest of all urban commons in England) is remarkable, for there are endless pressures to ‘modernise’ them or even to build roads, car parks or cycle tracks on them.

 

The Beverley Civic Society offers this book in the hope that it may make the pastures even better known, and so help the Pasture Masters to continue to resist change that would harm these distinctive and much loved spaces. 88 pages, fully illustrated in colour.

 

Price £6 plus postage if necessary, from Barbara English (benglish@newbegin.karoo.co.uk) or the Civic Society’s secretary or treasurer (please see contacts list on this website).

 

'Beverley.  So splendid, so precious' John Betjemen

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